NSWFS Field Trip Report: Digby Neck area. Sat. April 3, 2021

The April field trip was to a Digby Neck bog near East Ferry. It was led by Jeff White and attended by Charles Cron, Joe Johnson, Jim Jotcham and Bob Kennedy. (iNat memberIDs: jeffwhite: bobkennedy)

The swamp starting from the side of the road right to the bog was full of skunk cabbage spathes just opening up to reveal the blooms inside. In the surrounding forest we saw a variety of lichens, including the rare Blue Felt Lichen (Pectenia plumbea) and more common Black Bordered Shingle Lichen (Parmeliella triptophylla) and Yellow Specklebelly Lichen (Pseudocyphellaria holarctica). The bog itself was largely dormant except for some evergreen leaves of Inkberry (Ilex glabra), a few mosses and very occasionally in sphagnum depressions, the minute spirals of Curly Grass Fern (Schizaea pusilla). While it was hard to see the brown sporangia amongst the dead leaves, the green curls of this tiny fern were easier to find than at other times of year.

Species of interest from this trip included the following:
Eastern Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus), taxon_id=48961
Blue Felt Lichen (Pectenia plumbea), taxon_id=823668
Black Bordered Shingle Lichen (Parmeliella triptophylla), taxon_id=227227
Yellow Specklebelly Lichen (Pseudocyphellaria holarctica), taxon_id=700478
Inkberry (Ilex glabra), taxon_id=129347
Curly Grass Fern (Schizaea pusilla), taxon_id=168606
NOTE: the taxon_id number is the iNaturalist code number for the species.

Click here to view observations posted from this field trip. More photos may trickle in over time.

Click here to view observations of these species found in the past in the Digby area. Click on ‘observations’ to browse individual observations.

Posted by mkkennedy mkkennedy, April 07, 2021 19:38


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